Image: Interior of Fremantle Free Lending Library, 1948, City of Fremantle Local History Collection no. 856. Lily Organ seated at the issue desk in the Fremantle Lending Library , later known as the Evans Davies Civic Library. In front of the desk L-R: Mrs Sloan (borrower), Mrs Francis and Betty Secker

Image: Clare Wohlnick, Untitled, 2019, repurposed book, 25 x 25 x 30cm

The City of Fremantle Library turns 70 in September. To mark this milestone FAC and City of Fremantle Civic Collection will partner with the Library and community artists to create a reading room of artist’s books made from discarded library stock.

Earlier this year, FAC Learning ran a series of community workshops for both adults and kids led by FAC tutor Jenessa King to create the works showcased in Lending Library.  Community artists include: Carolina Arathoon, Amanda Croussen, Audrey Fenwick, Honey Forbes, Jarrah Forbes, Agi Gedeon, Melissa Giannasi, Moira Hearne, Christine Hems, Ginette Hillman, Jenessa King, Hamish MacFarlane-Reid, Hannah McPierzie, Clare Martin, Veronika Mihalj, Ariane Nijssen, Eli Norman, Sue Rae, Clare Wohlnick, Elisabeth Wynne.

Lending Library runs alongside the FAC Print Award and Harry Hummerston: Screeprints.

The Fremantle Free Lending Library opened in 1949, the first of its kind in WA. The Fremantle Library is planning several events and activities to celebrate 70 years of service. Celebrations will be held in the Library, Town Hall and FAC. Visit fremantle.wa.gov.au/library70years for more details.